Have you ever found a useful tool that’s been around awhile and once you realize how much time or money it could have saved you over the years, makes you go “grrrr!!!” No, just me? OK… well… that’s how I feel about Ebates.
Ebates is a cash back service that pays you back for shopping online. Kelsey has had an Ebates account since 1999 if you can believe that (further, can you believe she’s had the same hotmail account since 1999?). She was an early adopter of the interwebs, but still, the sad part is that we only recently started using Ebates about a year ago. She kind of forgot about it, and I didn’t really know about it.
Although Ebates offers great incentives for shopping online, the service can be a bit confusing at first, but I’ll share a few tips to make sure you don’t miss out on cash back for online purchases in the future.
(Disclaimer: don’t just buy things for the cash back. Only use Ebates as a bonus to purchases you would otherwise be making online.)
How does Ebates work?
Ebates has partnerships with over 1,700 stores. And these are not the obscure stores in the far corners of the internet. Many of the biggest stores online are available for cash back. A few stores that we use frequently include…
- Old Navy
- Jack Threads
- Buy Buy Baby
Ebates has gotten a lot easier to use since they’ve added the cash back button so you don’t have to visit ebates.com anymore to get in on the savings (this used to be quite annoying and cumbersome and the reason we haven’t used eBates more since 1999). No matter how helpful the tool, if you don’t remember to use it, it’s worthless.
How to Sign up for Ebates
The first thing you’ll want to do is sign up for Ebates on their website. You can do that by clicking here (tell a friend referral link).